Ditch the tissues and master these wellness tips!
We’re into some of the chilliest months of the year, and with that, often ushers the sniffle and sneeze season. It’s almost inevitable to be down for the count with a cold or the dreaded flu in the winter season, but it doesn’t have to be this way — you don’t have to expect to get sick and just sit around and wait for it.
With the right wellness practices in place and tweaking a few small things, like getting more sleeping and cutting the sweets, can significantly impact your chances of getting sick.
Wellness is an ongoing sojourn — it doesn’t peak and then stop, there are always practices to better yourself. When you partner with Amicus, not only do you get an ally to your health, you gain access to a health supplement — Sugar Check — that goes above and beyond just blood sugar support. Invest in your health and learn more about the wellness tips that will keep you merry and bright throughout the holidays.
Audre Lorde communicates self-care brilliantly:
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
Self-care is self-preservation. In a relentlessly busy world where the “hustle” is encouraged and looked on upon as an admirable trait, that same hustle is causing major anxiety, stress, and burn-out. These things are only amplified around the holidays, so give yourself a time-out and indulge in some additional self-care.
Self-care is not just luxurious baths, face masks, and manicures — self-care is all about healing and implementing wellness practices to make you your best self. This can be in therapy, getting more sleep, setting firm boundaries, and surrounding yourself with hype people.
So, this holiday season, indulge in yourself and make self-care a priority, if only to support your immune health!
Pack in the Nutrients
This season is jam-packed with baked goods, candies, and sweet treats that can impact your health. We tend to get a little loose with our diet right around the worst time of year — the time of year when it’s cold and we tend to get colds more easily. Have you ever made the connection? Maybe your diet is the culprit is responsible for taking your immune system down and making you more vulnerable to the cold and flu system.
Make your diet more of a priority and be discerning of the not-so-great foods you choose to eat. What is your absolute favorite holiday treat? Is it your dad’s homemade eggnog? A yule log cake? Whatever entices you, have it, and then pack your diet with nutrient-dense foods.
Make vitamin C a priority! Not only does it modulate your immune system, but you also need more of it when you’re consuming more sugar. If you didn’t know already, sugar and vitamin C compete for the same uptake mechanism in your body (competitive inhibition) — the more of one substance you have circulating, the more of it will be accepted and absorbed. If it’s sugar, this can spell disaster for your immune health functions.
You probably know the drill — eat veggies with every meal, and we’re not talking iceberg lettuce. It’s building a plate abundant in leafy greens, squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, and ginger — seasonal produce.
Healthy fats are also important in this season. Oftentimes, the cold weather beats our skin up and leaves it dull, dry, and lackluster. Oils and fats hydrate the skin and can be incorporated into hearty stews and meals.
Make Gut Health a Priority
Gut health has been linked to the immune system, check out a fascinating article here. As we’ve discovered, a large portion of your immune system resides in your GI tract, so it’s crucial to be loving and supportive of it this season! Consume food and beverages with natural probiotics such as kombucha, yogurt, and sauerkraut, or take an over-the-counter probiotic.
Supplement With Adaptogens
Adaptogens are a wonderful link between your kitchen and your medicine chest! Adaptogenic herbs with your body and help restore balance to both psychological and environmental stressors. Better cope with holiday stressors and blood sugar spikes with adaptogens. Popular adaptogens include:
- Rhodiola Rosea (in our Sugar Check formula)
- Holy basil (tulsi)
Connect With Your Friends
The holidays can be draining and friends are the best people to revive and restore you, and while hibernating by yourself is totally acceptable, you can’t do it all winter long! Being social and being around quality people is inspiring, and, belly laughs are great for boosting your immune system.
There are many ways to boost your health during the holidays and when you practice self-care, up your nutrients, focus on gut health, use adaptogens, and connect with friends, perhaps this will be the year you skip cold and flu season.
Sugar Check by Amicus isn’t just for blood sugar support! Use this holiday season for better gut health and immune support.